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Twardzik bhoys on target

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Filip and Patrik Twardzik Twardzik Celtic newsPatrik and Filip, the Twardzik bhoys, hit the goal trail yesterday as Celtic returned to SPL action with a 5-1 win away to Kilmarnock.

Starting his first match in two months Patrik showed a great eye for goal with three well executed strikes even if the Killie goalkeeper would rather forget Celtic’s fourth goal when he fumbled a cross cum shot into his own net.

Patrik coming in for Dylan McGeough was the only change from the side that won convincingly at Manchester City in the Next Gen Series with Celtic starting off at the same pace as they had showed against the Premiership side.

Despite playing Tony Watt as the sole striker Celtic had plenty of attacking options with all five players across the midfield showing a willingness to get on the ball and push forward into the Kilmarnock penalty box.

It took Celtic just four minutes to take the lead with Filip rising at the back post to head home Paul George’s corner from the left.

Since the start of the season George has found an extra gear with his pace and ball control proving too much for defenders to cope with at this level.

The only down side to the performance was a serious looking injury to John Herron who had to be replaced before half time. The goalscoring midfielder was subjected to two brutal challenges in the first half, neither of which brought a booking. At this level of football referees should be capable of protecting footballers but yesterday’s official looked well out of his depth and unable to clamp down on some of the rough treatment.

Celtic doubled their lead in the 24th minute when Watt connected with a cross from the right ahead of the home goalkeeper to get the reward his play had justified and he almost added a second goal two minutes from the break when his overhead kick flew just wide of the post.

With the last move of the half Celtic did go three goals up when Patrik struck a low shot across the keeper from 18 yards out following a pass from Callum McGregor.

Ten minutes into the second half Celtic scored their fourth when a hopeful shot from Patrik following a lay off by Watt slipped through the keepers hands to trigger the most bizarre sequence of the game.

Within sixty seconds of Celtic’s fourth goal Robbie Thomson was diving to his left to save a penalty but his hopes of a clean sheet soon disappeared when Filip’s attempted clearance from the edge of the box was met with a block tackle from a Kilmarnock midfielder with the ball looping up and over the Celtic keeper into the net.

There was never any real threat of a comeback from the homeside with Patrik completing his hat-trick midway through the second period by curving his shot round the keeper from 15 yards out.

Next Saturday Celtic are at home to Aberdeen and looking for revenge on the two points dropped to the Dons earlier in the season.

CELTIC: Thomson: Miller, Fraser, Irvine, Chalmers: Herron (Fisher), McGregor, F Twardzik (Bogle), P Twardzik (Yaqub), George; Watt

SUBS: Fazan, Williamson, O’Brien

GOALS: Patrik Twardzik 3, Filip Twardzik, Tony Watt

THIS SEASON’S SCORERS: Watt 7, F Twardzik 4, Herron 4, P Twardzik 3, George 3, Williamson 2, Atajic 1, Gormley 1, McGeough 1, McGregor1, OG 1

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  • wizznaeme says:

    Most of these youngsters could show most of those
    so called first team players what it means to play
    for the jersey.

  • stephen says:

    U19 is waste of time, no competition at all for the bhoys. They should be out playing men in a lower league in scotland or England then we would have an idea if they’re ready for first team. Would toughen them up for the first team

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